Social Development

Discover the initiatives to support social welfare institutions developed by the Galp Foundation.

Galp Solidária Foundation Protocol

The Galp Foundation has developed a collective initiative to respond to situations of Social Emergency, called the Galp Solidária Foundation. This initiative unfolded in two projects: Galp Solidária Foundation – North, and Galp Solidária Foundation - South, which are social support partnerships in aid of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in society.

Through the Galp Solidária Foundation, it is possible to accompany the meritorious work of the Private Institutions of Social Welfare and Civil Society Organisations, supporting them in the great difficulties they face in fulfilling their social function.

EPIS - Entrepreneurs for Social Inclusion

Since 2009, the Galp Foundation has been an associate of EPIS - Entrepreneurs for Social Inclusion accompanying and contributing to its role in combating school dropout and failure.

Its action is based on a methodology that is unprecedented in Portugal for the training of youths and their families, through work developed by a broad network of professional mediators.

Galp Voluntária

The Galp Foundation established a partnership with Galp Voluntária to develop social initiatives, boosting business volunteerism.

As a result of this partnership, seven institutions in Alcântara have been renovated, two social set-ups (in Sines and Matosinhos) have been transformed and, thanks to an association with the Make-a-Wish foundation, the wishes of children suffering from serious, progressive, degenerative or malignant diseases have been made come true.

Bagos d'Ouro Association

The Galp Foundation has, since 2011, been a "Golden Vine" partner of the Bagos d'Ouro Association, supporting it in its activities and specific projects. These include, for example, the publication and launch of the first and second editions of a cookbook, which brought together 54 prestigious chefs in Portugal in a wave of solidarity.

The book is available from various wine cellars and restaurants throughout the country, major stores on the mainland, Bertrand stores, and various Galp petrol stations. 100% of sales go to the Bagos d'Ouro Association.

The objective of the Association is to accompany children in the region until they become of age, honouring cases of risk with dignity and in total coordination with their family environment and surroundings. In practice, it aims to guarantee compulsory schooling for each child, providing a better occupation of their free time and play activities appropriate to their age, so that they can enjoy being children.


An initiative promoted by the Galp Foundation with the aim of highlighting and disseminating, on its website and to the universe of Galp employees, the work developed and ways to help third sector entities, selected from the applications received monthly.

The Entity of the Month was an initiative that took place between April 2011 and June 2013 and covered 35 entities.

The Galp Foundation, in partnership with Retail Marketing of the Gas & Power - Galp Business Unit, within the framework of Galp Comfort services, has gradually been developing the Solidarity Energy initiative.

The performance of the Portuguese Paralympic team has been a strong contribution towards attract public attention to the reality of the adapted sports in Portugal, not only for the achievements attained, but above all for the great needs and difficulties it faces.

The support of the Galp Foundation to the Paralympic Committee of Portugal, materialised through a 4-year protocol (2009 to 2012), had the objective of mobilising society to support and recognise the Paralympic Movement, promoting new modalities, new practitioners and provide Paralympic athletes with the means and conditions they need to prepare for their sports.

Supporting "Raríssimas" - National Association of Mental and Rare Disabilities – between 2009 and 2011, in the construction of the "Casa dos Marcos".

This venue aims to become a Centre for Competence / Reference in the clinical, social and educational fields of Rare Diseases, with occupational activities for youths / adults and a help line for family members and health technicians, 24 hours a day.

Between 2009 and 2011, the Galp Foundation was Golden Patron of the 100 Patrons United for Diabetes campaign, developed by the Ernesto Roma Foundation and the Diabetic Protective Association of Portugal. The goal was to bring the Ernesto Roma Diabetes School to fruition, which is dedicated to the training of health professionals and patients, so that they can deal with Diabetes and the ways of treating this chronic disease in their daily lives.

The Galp Foundation promoted the "Street Shoe-Shiners" initiative, an initiative by the "CAIS" association to combat poverty and social exclusion within the framework of the "Empower Today" project.

The mission of CAIS is to contribute to improving the living conditions of homeless people and those who are not homeless but are deprived, excluded or at risk. Founded in 1994, it operates mainly in the districts of Lisbon and Porto, although it has collaborations with institutions throughout the country.

Its activity began with the launch of a magazine sold by homeless people, with 70% of the sales reverting back to the sellers.

Every Wednesday morning during the month of May in 2011, Mr. Sérgio Pimentel was at the main entrance of Tower A, in Lisbon, providing his services as a shoe-shiner, and new dates for this initiative are already planned. The fee for this service was donated entirely to Mr Sérgio Pimentel.

In 2011 the Galp Foundation backed the Heart Challenge, an initiative by the Portuguese Foundation of Cardiology to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The Heart Challenge took place at Lisbon’s University Stadium from May 12 to 14, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. It comprised of a guided tour during which participants could stop at various stations promoting the practice of healthy lifestyles.

During the course, the main risk factors to health, such as blood pressure, total cholesterol level, body mass index and abdominal circumference, among other parameters, were evaluated.

The Galp Energia Foundation lent its support to this event by helping with its promotion and presenting participants with various gifts.